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  • Writer's pictureChris Carlock

Focus on Who IS There

My wife and I went to a comedy show at a local, fledgling club a few years ago. There were only about 10 people in the audience when the headline performer took the stage. And it was obvious from the get-go that the sparse crowd negatively affected the "comedian".

She was angry, confrontational, and not the least bit funny. She was so focused on how many people weren't there that she disrespected all of us who were there.

I get it. It's frustrating for me when my students don't show up for class or when my players don't show up for practice. But when I focus on the frustration from who isn't there, I give away a golden opportunity to give more focused attention to who is there. Even worse, I disrespect them by essentially wishing there were other people present.

A smaller group means opportunity for more intimacy and more one-on-one work. It's an opportunity to bond with and get to know the people who do show up.

The people who show up want to be there. Let's be grateful they showed up. Let's remember to give them value and value their presence.

Make it a great day!

Coach Chris

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